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10 Days 2015 Devotional, Day 9: Make Way for the Lord!

Day 9: Make Way for the Lord!

“The Kingdoms of this world have become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ…” Revelation 11:15-18

God is looking for men and women who will make a way for the coming of the Lord.  This is a unique moment in time, the moment of the story, and the moment when we can begin to almost hear creation groan. There is a longing in the whole created order for the revealing of the sons and daughters of God.  History and time seem to be speeding up in anticipation of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
    
When I first became a Christian in the 1980’s, it was an assumed belief that the church would be getting less and less influential as the world became darker and darker.   The vision of a weak church getting raptured from a world gone mad has been with us for some time.  I was astounded to learn that this interpretation of the future is relatively new.  It emerged in the 1840’s, and didn’t even get a strong following until the 1920’s.  For 1800 years Christians believed that Jesus was coming back to a glorious church that had transformed the world and prepared for him to return.  Yes, there would be injustices to put into order, but the plan seemed to be that our job was to make life “on earth as it is in heaven.”

Recently I have noticed a trend away from the rapture vision of the future to the vision of Jesus coming to reign on the earth.  Imagine the day when the saints on earth join the saints in heaven proclaiming "The kingdoms of this world have become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ!" This vision of a triumphant Jesus returning to claim the kingdom for his own moved our ancestors to found schools, hospitals, and orphanages. It moved them to end slavery, end child labor, and promote temperance. They believed in a call to “build Jerusalem in every green and pleasant land.”   They wanted to be the good and faithful servants who had managed things wisely and presented a one hundredfold return.  

As we focus on the return of Jesus at the end of the Ten Days of Prayer, let’s look forward to how we can be a commentary on our prayer time.  How can we live out the answers to our prayers?  

Will you say “yes” to God, and be used by Him? Will you make the choice to live for His glory alone? Will you come to Him, as broken and mixed up as you are, and surrender yourself as a living sacrifice? Will you give God your intellect, your creativity, your career plan, and even your gifts and say “let it be to me according to your word?”

Because you believe, you are born to do the impossible. You are called to build a throne for Jesus on the earth. You are called to make history, not just live in it. Because Jesus lives in you, everyone you meet will meet Jesus in you. You and the gifts that are expressed through you will begin to shape and transform the world around you.

This is an excerpt from An Army Arising: Why Artists are on the Frontline of the Next Move of God, by Christ John Otto, used by permission.  Christ is the director of Belonging House, and his new book A Throne in the Earth is due out in early 2016.